Sunday, March 26, 2023

Hope

 


Spring!
Brings forth Fruit,
Life,
Hope.

"Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, 
even as we hope in you." 
Psalm 33:22

Friday, March 24, 2023

The Metropolitan Affair

 

The Metropolitan Affair is set in New York City in the 1920's. 

Dr. Lauren Westlake is an Assistant curator in the Metropolitan Museum.   She has had an interest in Egyptology since she was a child, trying to follow in her absent father's footsteps. Her relationship with her father is difficult. So when he offers for her to travel with him on an exhibition to Egypt she tries to restore what was broken.

Joe Caravello is a NYPD detective seeking out a ring of forgers selling fake Egyptian artifacts. He asks Lauren to help him find the forgeries that are being sold to the wealthy. 

This is a story you will not want to miss. The story is engaging and page turning. The characters are well written. The mystery is captivating until the end. Good, clean romance with historical research about ancient Egypt and NYC during that time. Jocelyn Green masterfully told the story of family, grief and loss, and faith. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, which I received from the publisher. All opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

So in love

 Have you ever had a piece of fabric that you fell in love with. As I was going though my stash, using up fabric for the nursing home quilts, I came across a MODA fabric that I bought years ago. It was elegant and beautiful. And if felt like silk. I decided to use it, with some corrdianting fabric to make a small lap quilt.


A close up

It was just so lovely. And soft. I never had a piece of MODA that felt like silk before.
The coordinating fabrics were from the same line.

The great thing is there is enough of the floral fabric for backing.

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                                      Finished or not Friday

                                      Peacock Party



Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Hello Spring

 

We are so ready for you!

Monday, March 20, 2023

Fairest of Heart

 


Karen Witemeyer never disappoints.  Her latest story, Fairest of Heart, is a testament of that. 

Penelope Snow is an orphan that was taken in by a teacher. When she becomes the assistant to a famous actress, she must hid her assets, wearing shapeless dresses and keeping her head low. Her beauty is unsurpassed. But as an unexpected happenstance, she is revealed and her jealous mistress has Penelope removed, with nothing but her underclothes, to be disposed of.

Texas Ranger Titus Kingsley has been wary of beautiful women. His brother lost his life over an infatuation with a beautiful woman and Titus has been hardened ever since.

This was such a great story. I loved the seven grandfathers that take Penelope in as she learns to trust again. The characters were so well written. And the emotions brought you to understand many of the former situations that affected each of the characters. The banter was delightful and the love story well  played out.

This is definitely a must read if you enjoy a good story. I love how Witemeyer weaves how God is working in their lives. All in all it's a beautiful well written story. What we have come to expect from Ms. Witemeyer.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

National Quilting Day

 


10 fun ways to celebrate National Quilting Day.

Happy Quilting!

Friday, March 17, 2023

It's a classic

This sweet pink goodness is over at Cluck Cluck Sew?? It's a Pink Classic Hourglass quilt and you can find a tutorial HERE.


And being that I am a Pinkaholic, I just had to dig out some pink and brown fabrics and make my own version.

I do think I will add a little border. I'll have this little baby quilt whipped up in no time :-)

I hope there is sunshine in your neck of the woods. Happy Quilting!

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                                      Finished or not Friday

                                      Peacock Party

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Monday, March 13, 2023

Tradition

 My daughter has been working in South Korea this year and has sent me several beautiful pictures.

I wanted to share a picture of her dressed in a traditional Korean dress she wore when she and a friend visited the palace.  


 Isn't the dress beautiful?



Saturday, March 11, 2023

Daylight Savings

 Daylight saving time/Date (2023)

Sun, Mar 12, 2023 2:00 AM - Sun, Nov 5, 2023 2:00 AM
America/New_York

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Second Time Around

 

Second Time Around by Melody Carlson is set by the ocean in Oregon. 

When Mallory Farrell inherits her grandmothers tourist shop it is her chance to start over. As an interior designer, she decides to renovate the shop and the apartment above it. 

Grayson Matthews comes to Mallory's rescue when her first contractor reneges on the job. But with a television crew coming, she needs to swallow her pride and let Grayson work his magic.

 A sweet easy read. Clean, contemporary Christian based romance. A real feel good story. Melody Carlson is an expert on writing believable characters.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Binding my time

 Sewing binding by machine has been a real time saver for the Nursing Home quilts. 

I have five quilts quilted and bound ready for the residents. 

A friend gave me some really pretty patriotic fabric, so I made a quick quilt with it.


Even had enough fabric to use for backing. 

                                      Sew and Tell

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                                      Finished or not Friday

                                      Peacock Party


Saturday, March 4, 2023

So sad

Have you ever seen a pattern made up and fell in love with it on sight? 


I saw this pattern made up at a local quilt shop. When I asked about it, they were sold out. But told me I could order it online.

 So I ordered the pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop.  I thought I would be able to use a layer cake that I won over at the Villa Rosa Quilts blog hop. 

Unfortunately it does not use a layer cake. And it has a lot of different size squares to cut from fabric. Some as many as 94!  Have you ever had something like this happen? I don't think there would be enough fabric in the layer cake to make the pattern work. And I'm not real good at converting sizes.

Wednesday, March 1, 2023

Monday, February 27, 2023

Inspire me

 Quilt shops are closing all around. Which is really sad. But one that seems to be going strong in our area is "Inspire" in Plant City. 







Lots of inspiration and a large selection of fabrics to choose from.



Thursday, February 23, 2023

New Project

 I recently learned about an organization that makes Quilts for Kids. 

In my quest to use up fabric I am going to make quilts that will be donated to this group  I discovered there is someone in our area who collects the quilts, so that makes it easy on not having to mail them.

Last year before I fell, I was making quilts to give for Hands to Help Quilting Challenge.  That all went by the wayside after my fall and eventual physical therapy.  But I had started two quilts already.'


I also have plans to do something with this fabric.


Hoping to bring a smile to a child's face.
Happy Quilting!


Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Blog giveaway

I thought I would post what I am giving away for my blogiversary.

Glam Bag pattern with fabric and zippers to make two!

I never finished a project that I started, so I am also going to add fat quarters of woven fabrics.



I might add a thing or two more as well.
Please leave a comment on my last post to be entered. I will leave it open until Thursday 2/23. Remember to leave your email if you are a no reply comment. 

Thanks again for visiting. I'd love for you to follow is you don't already. Your comments make me a Happy Quilter  :-)

Happy Quilting.




Sunday, February 19, 2023

It's my blogiversary!



 What do you know. I completely forgot that TODAY is my blogiversary!  Yep, on February 19, 2009, I started this little blog. Who knew that I could blog for so many years. 14 years to be exact. And what an adventure it has been. I have enjoyed getting to know my blogging friends. And from this little blog I expanded and started Just A Little Southern Hospitality to blog about my tablescapes and travels and other interests. 

So what to do? Well I think I should have a little giveaway to celebrate 14 years on blogville. I'm not sure what I will give away, but if you are interested, please leave a comment and a way to contact you if your name should come up on the random number. Remember if I cannot contact you (no reply) I will have to draw another name. (sorry, US comments only. Postage has gone through the roof)

Thank you SO much to my faithful followers and all the comments that have been posted over the years. I truly enjoy having you as my blogging buds.

Friday, February 17, 2023

A gift for a friend

 I recently had lunch with a friend who lost her husband last year. I decided to gift her with a quilt.


She really liked the blue :-)


Thursday, February 16, 2023

The Words We Lost

 


The Words We Lost by Nicole Deese is a story that will stay with you. It is beautiful, insightful, touching, heart probing.

Ingrid Erickson sits on a dock, reading when Cece Campbell comes across her. Cece befriends her and along with her cousin, Joel, the three begin a bonded friendship that holds on even after Cece passes away. Ingrid leaves Port Thompson, the only home she has known, after he father passes away under mysterious circumstances. Her only connections remains with Cece. But when she dies during a dangerous surgery, Ingrid grieves the loss. 

Joel makes an appeal for Ingrid to return from Los Angeles, as a lawyer finds a package for them both. Could this be the lost manuscript that Cece was working on? I love how the romance is rekindled between Ingrid and Joel, as Ingrid learns that her fathers death was not Joel's fault. 

This story is so powerful, it is hard to describe the deep emotion the author has put into it. At the end of the book, we learn of Nicole Deese's own tragedy that gives credence to her words. It is a hauntingly beautifully written story. I have read Ms. Deese's other books, and like the others, this one is clean and will not disappoint. I highly recommend it. 

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Happy Valentine's Day


Love is missing someone whenever you're apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart. 

(Kay Knudsen)

Monday, February 13, 2023

Update

 Updating progress for the nursing home quilts.




Now I have to get busy and quilt them!

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                                      Finished or not Friday

                                      Peacock Party

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Strawberry Pie

I have posted this before, but I love Florida Strawberries, and it is the perfect time to share.

Strawberry season has arrived in Florida! Plant City has THE most delicious strawberries, and right now they are plump and sweet. It's a perfect time to make a Strawberry Pie!

The original recipe called for "Wild" Strawberry jello, but it's no longer available. So here is my version.

Cast of characters includes -

Fresh Strawberries
Strawberry Jello (large package)
3 Tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup Sugar
1 1/2 cups water

Combine cornstarch, sugar and water. Cook over medium high heat - stirring constantly until thick and bubbly. Stir in 3/4 package Strawberry Jello and remove from heat. Let cool.

In a deep precooked pie shell, layer washed and hulled strawberries. Pour Jello mixture over strawberries making sure all the strawberries are covered. Refrigerate.


Serve with a dollop of Whipped Cream

Enjoy!

                                                      Grace at Home

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Charity quilts

 After evaluating fabric for donations, my quilting buddies and I decided that we would make some quilts to take to the nursing home/memory care facility. We got together and put our heads together to decide which patterns would work for those ambulatory and those with memory issues.

Here are a few that we made....



This is the one that I made

We've got about 20 more to go :-)

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                                      Finished or not Friday

                                      Peacock Party

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

The Last Chance Cowboy

 

The Last Chance Cowboy by Jody Hedlund is the last of the Colorado Cowboys series. 

Catherine Remington is an upper class young woman who is also a midwife. She assists in a birth in a Chicago brothel that turns sad with the passing of Kit. Kit's last request is for Catherine to take the baby to his father in Colorado. Catherine is at odds. How is she going to take the baby from Chicago all the way to Colorado? But when she witnesses a murder, she is forced to run, as the killer is placing the blame on her.

Dylan McQuaid has changed his ways since returning to Colorado, leaving the drunkenness' and womanizing behind. He is now the sheriff of Fairplay and hopes to be reelected in the fall. But when Catherine shows up with his baby, the misunderstanding leads to a quick marriage as Catherine has fallen in love with baby Austin.  

This is absolutely the loveliest love story I've read in a long while. Jody Hedlund has written such an engaging story that is clean, uplifting and beautifully written about God's forgiveness and redemption. I had a hard time putting it down, as I loved every minute of it. 

Hedlund is such an outstanding author. Her stories are full of believable characters. Romance, drama, adventure, self forgiveness.  I have read many of her books and she never fails to bring an element of faith that is not preachy.  Just good story telling. 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in clean Christian historical romance. Beautifully written and inspiring.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via NetGalley.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Monday, January 30, 2023

What is the most meaningful thing you ever made?

This could be a pretty hard question to put into words.  I've made lots of charity quilts for babies and familes that have lost their homes, possesions and loved ones.


But I think the most meaningful thing I ever made was a quilt for my friend Diana.

I had every intention of making a quilt for Diana and her husband when they celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary. It was in September, but somehow the date got away from me.  So I purposed to make it for them as a Christmas gift.   I finished the quilt and presented it to them for Christmas.  She and her hubby were both very delighted. 

Diana had been diagnosed with cancer 5 years previous. The very next month after receiving the quilt, Diana found out that her cancer had returned, and with a vengeance.  She lost her battle on September 26, 2004.



I never took a picture of the quilt I made for her, but I share this last photo of Diana and myself the Easter before she passed away.  Diana was head and shoulders above me both physically and in character.  She had a truly warm and giving heart.  I still miss her.

Thanks for letting me share.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Valentine's Pin Cushion

I made these Yo-Yo's with the Clover Yo-Yo maker. The size of these Yo-Yo's are extra small. But I think they will be perfect for this little Valentine's pin cushion.

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                                      Finished or not Friday

                                      Peacock Party

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Windswept Way

 

Windswept Way by Irene Hannon is book #9 in the Hope Harbor series. A stand alone story. 

This story is unique in the way that Ashley Scott and Jonathan Gray address issues which could make one uncomfortable. Jon, severely wounded in the war, has many deforming scars. He has hidden himself away, being a landscaper, avoiding people because of the rejection he has been subjected to. Ashley, recovering from a failed relationship, finds Jon to be kind and is fascinated with his integrity. As they both wonder if a romance could develop, they find their way through prejudice at Jon's appearance. Jon takes a chance by his willingness to let Ashley see who he is, both inside and out. The book is about beauty being only skin deep and it's the heart of the person that really matters. A lovely story.

I received a complimentary ebook copy from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.